Matharoo sisters received emergency travel documents to leave Nigeria – Canadian High Commission

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Canadian-Indian sisters Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo, had received emergency travel documents to return back to Canada, Canada’s Immigration department reports.

The sisters were reported to have been arrested last year on accusations of extortion and blackmail.

Taranjot and Kiranjot Matharoo were arraigned before a magistrate court in Yaba and granted bail in the sum of N500,000 each and two sureties. The police seized a laptop, a camera and 2 Canadian passports from the sisters. However, at a second hearing into the case in January 2017, they did not appear in court.

After their arrest, the sisters admitted on camera to being the owners of the now defunct damaging website NaijaGistLive and later apologised to Femi Otedola, his family and other petitioners they had written stories or attempted to extort money from.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, they were in a situation “extreme urgency,” prompting the High Commission of Canada in Lagos to issue emergency travel documents for the sisters, who had made international headlines after allegedly attempting to blackmail one of the world’s richest men.

In a statement, the Immigration Department confirmed that it had reviewed the “necessary documents” to ensure there were no restrictions on the women leaving Nigeria and also to determine that “there was a significant risk to their physical safety.”

Kiran said she charged the only tickets available for Jan. 1, 2017 — business class with Air France, with a stop in France, during which they couldn’t leave the airport. After landing in Toronto, they handed over their temporary travel document to the relevant authorities.

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